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Speaker replacement

29 Jan 2011

Unfortunately Jeroen Keppens has just cancelled his talk this afternoon due to illness. We have found a replacement, however. In track 3 (Permeke 1) at 14:50, Thijs Feryn will be presenting his talk “PHP Through The Eyes Of A Hoster”. Thanks Thijs, for filling in. And of course: Jeroen, get well soon!

New speaker

14 Jan 2011

Unfortunately we have to announce that one of our speakers, Markus Franz, has had to cancel his appearance at our conference. Markus was supposed to be talking about Doctrine, but due to circumstances beyond his and our control, he can not make it to the conference. We definitely hope to welcome him to our conference in one of the coming years.

Luckily though, we have been able to find an excellent replacement for Markus. Joshua Thijssen is willing to step in an do a talk. His talk is on a completely different subject though: Sed and Awk. These two linux tools can make the life of a developer a lot easier and Joshua will show you how! Check out the change in the schedule

Schedule updated: 4 new talks added, additional tutorial seats available

10 Jan 2011

We are happy to announce no less than 4 new talks to the already packed schedule:

  • Stress-free deployment (Rob Allen)
  • Simplify the access to the cloud computing services with Zend_Cloud (Jan Burkl)
  • Hip Hop (Scott McVicar)
  • Improving Code Quality with Continuous Integration (Martin de Keijzer)

Please note that some other talks are re-arranged in order to optimise the overall balance.

Also, after many requests: a few more tutorial seats are available, get them while you can!

See you in Antwerp!

Platinum sponsors: Microsoft and Ibuildings

03 Jan 2011

We are really proud to announce that Microsoft has chosen to be a platinum sponsor for the PHPBenelux Conference 2011. Microsoft has been a great support throughout the existence of PHPBenelux and having them aboard as the most important sponsor of the conference this year is very much appreciated.

In the past couple of years, Microsoft has been steadily improving the support for PHP on Windows and have been actively participating with the PHP community to make sure that PHP developers can work with and deploy to Windows as good as they have been able to do with other platforms. Microsoft is also ensuring PHP a first class citizen on their new Windows Azure (cloud) Platform since version 1. This hasn’t gone unnoticed in the PHP world and we are very happy to be working with Microsoft on the conference as well as several other initiatives, one of which will be announced at the conference!

Joining Microsoft in the platinum sponsor slot is Ibuildings. Just like Microsoft, Ibuildings hardly needs introduction in the PHP community. Ibuildings has been a key player in the PHP development, training and consultancy market for years on end and have been supporting the PHP community for years. It isn’t a surprise that several of the PHPBenelux crew either work for or have worked for Ibuildings throughout the time! It is great to have Ibuildings aboard for the conference.

Throughout the conference, these and most of our other sponsors will be present in one way or another, either through a talk or with a booth. Be sure to talk to them if you’re interested in what they have to say.

Last day for the Early Bird!

15 Dec 2010

After having extended the Early Bird period, today is really and truely the last day of the Early Bird period. So if you’re still interested in getting your tickets at the special discounted rate, then buy them today! We don’t expect the tickets to sell out during early bird like we did last year, we expanded enough in capacity to expect not to sell out very soon, but if you’re interested in attending one of our tutorials, then you do have to be quick as seats are limited for those. There is only one seat left in the Quality Assurance tutorial, only 4 left for the Solr tutorial. For the MySQL and Tuning tutorials, at this point there’s still some seats available as they were announced later. Still, strange things can happen so if you’re planning to attend a tutorial it would be smart to buy your ticket soon!

Stephan Hochdoerfer

13 Dec 2010

Today we are interviewing Stephan Hochdoerfer, co-founder of bitExpert AG. He specializes is generative programming techniques in PHP. Stephan will be speaking about testing untestable code and building multi-tenant application.

Tobias Schlitt

08 Dec 2010

Just like last year we will introduce the speakers of the PHPBenelux Conference by doing a short interview with them. Over the past weeks we have already done several interviews and in the coming period, you will be able to read about and hear from our speakers here.

The first speaker is Tobias Schlitt, co-founder of Qafoo, a consultancy company from Germany with a focus on quality assurance. He will be speaking about Zeta Components, the component framework formerly known as eZ Components that has now joined the Apache project.

Conference schedule now online

20 Nov 2010

The long awaited schedule for the PHPBenelux Conference 2011 is now online. The main reason for the delay is that there were so many good submissions, that we tried everything we could to add another track to the schedule. And we succeeded! So instead of the expected 2 tracks, there’s an extra bonus track for you to enjoy! We couldn’t pack more great content into two days, even if we wanted to.

Early Bird extension

As a result of this delay there isn’t much time left for Early Birds, and we understand that you didn’t want to pay for the tutorial ticket without knowing what the tutorials are. Therefor, we have decided to extend the Early Bird with 2 full weeks until December 15th, 2010, so you have two more weeks to kick your employer into gear to get you to this event you can’t miss if PHP comes anywhere close near your job description.

So, check out the conference schedule, and start packing your bags for Antwerp!

Speakers and ticket sales

11 Oct 2010

It is with great pride that we introduce to you the initial list of speakers and sessions for the 2011 edition of the PHPBenelux Conference. Our CfP group had to go through 110 excellent proposals to select the talks that we now publish. And the list isn’t complete yet! More speakers and sessions will be added soon. You can see the speakers here.

With the schedule, we have also opened up the ticket sales. Tickets are now available in our special conference store. For those who want to get their tickets early: We have an early bird. Until November 30 2010, you can get a ticket for this year’s conference for only 125 euro! After that date, the ticket will be 150 euro.

As you may have heard, we will also have half-day tutorials on Friday January 28th. We will soon announce the topics and speakers for those. Conference+Tutorial tickets are already for sale and will also have an early bird price (250 euro) and after the early bird, have a full price (300 euro). If you want to await the confirmation of the tutorial topics, then that is fine, you can already buy your main conference ticket now. An “upgrade” option is available so you can always upgrade your conference ticket to a conference+tutorial ticket at a later date. Attending only the tutorial and not the conference is not possible, you have to be in possession of a conference ticket to buy a tutorial ticket.

We hope to see you in Antwerp!

PHPBenelux Conference 2011 announced!

05 Jun 2010

The PHPBenelux Conference 2011 has been announced! Soon you will find the new site here, for now, you can submit your proposals for the conference on the PHPBenelux website. We hope to see you in Antwerp on January 28 and 29!


Some of our speakers

  • Michelangelo van Dam

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    Michelangelo is a community animal, devoting much of his time to PHPBenelux (a PHP user group in Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg), the international PHP community at large, contributing to PHP projects and speaking about PHP at user group meetings and conferences.
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  • Maarten Balliauw

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    Maarten Balliauw is a technical consultant in web technologies at RealDolmen, one of Belgium's biggest ICT companies. His interests are ASP.NET (MVC), PHP and Windows Azure.
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  • Katrien De Graeve

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    Katrien is a Developer Evangelist for Microsoft Belgium and Luxembourg, focusing on Microsoft Web and UX stack. In this role she works with the community and is responsible for developer events.
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  • Scott MacVicar

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    Scott is an open source engineer at Facebook, he's currently working on HipHop for PHP but over the years has contributed to PHP itself and several other extensions.
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  • Joshua Thijssen

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    Joshua Thijssen (31) currently is working as a Software Consultant and speaks fluent php, C, python, perl, java and a lot of (computer)languages. Besides the development of software his passion also lies in (linux/unix) system administration and database optimizations.
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  • Jan Burkl

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    Since November 2006 Jan Burkl has been working as a System Engineer for Zend Technologies in Stuttgart, Germany. The university degree trained computer scientist consults business customers in the field of PHP software projects.
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  • Ivo Jansch

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    Ivo is an evangelist of PHP technology in professional and enterprise environments. He is the author of the books 'php|architect's Guide To Enterprise PHP Development' and 'php|architect's Guide to Cloud Computing' and a member of the Zend PHP 5.3 Certification Advisory Board.
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  • Jan Willem Eshuis

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    Jan-Willem Eshuis is the technology coordinator and architect of NOS new media. The biggest public broadcast in The Netherlands.
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  • Kore Nordmann

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    Kore Nordmann will graduate in 2010 with a degree in computer science (University). He managed and manages different open source projects, like Arbit, PHPillow, VCS-Wrapper and others.
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  • Tobias Schlitt

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    Tobias Schlitt has a degree in computer sience and works for more than 10 years in professional web projects on the basis of PHP.
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  • Stephan Hochdörfer

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    Stephan Hochdörfer is co-founder and department manager of Research Labs at bitExpert AG in Mannheim, Germany.
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  • Sander van de Graaf

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    Sander works for some of the largest sites in the Netherlands. Besides that, he is a full time geek.
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  • Nick Belhomme

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    With more than 11 years in professional web application development Nick Belhomme has contributed in a number of ways to the PHP Community.
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  • Mike van Riel

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    Mike van Riel is a Senior Software Developer at Unet, an ISP for the corporate segment based in the Netherlands.
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  • Keith Casey

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    Keith has been a PHP developer for about six years and a professional agitator within the local Washington, DC tech community for a few years longer.
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  • John Mertic

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    John Mertic is a software engineer at SugarCRM, and has several years of experience with PHP web applications.
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  • Jeroen van Dijk

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    Jeroen has been doing development with PHP for more then 10 years, specializing in high-performance and high-volume websites.
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  • Jeroen Keppens

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    Jeroen Keppens has been passionate about PHP and MySQL for over 10 years now. He has worked for various big online companies in the stock trading, gambling and telecom sector.
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  • Derick Rethans

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    Derick Rethans has contributed in a number of ways to the PHP project, including the Xdebug debugging tool, the mcrypt, date and input-filter extensions, bug fixes, additions and leading the QA team.
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  • David Zülke

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    David Zülke is the lead developer of the Agavi project, an open source MVC framework for PHP, and managing director at Bitextender GmbH, a Munich, Germany based software company.
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  • Paul M. Jones

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    Paul is an internationally-recognized expert on PHP, performance benchmarking, and other technologies.
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  • Rob Allen

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    Rob Allen has been programming with PHP since 1999 and is a member of the PHP community. He is the lead author of Zend Framework in Action and is a contributor to the Zend Framework
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  • 01 – Microsoft
  • 02 – Ibuildings


  • Combell
  • PHPro
  • Zend


  • 01 – Facebook
  • Amazium
  • Github
  • http://www.telenet.be
  • Oracle
  • Qafoo


  • cloudControl
  • Day Camp 4 Developers
  • Enrise
  • in2it vof
  • ServerGrove
  • WEBclusive
  • Yappa

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